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[review] DOD 280 Compressor (by LievenDV)

This DOD Compressor 280 is the 2014 version of a classic pedal. As we're used of DOD, the pedal is designed a lot like all the other DOD pedals. This compressor is a nice sparkly orange with the typical big dials. A real no-frills quality build.

The 280 has a 9v input, 2 knobs, a led and a button. Everything a compressor should be and nothing more. These two dials are big offer a very precise control. The guide offered on the website won't give any specifics or hard combinations as the pedal is as straightforward as it looks.  The level knob determines your output level and adds quite enough to make it work as a clean boost is you like.

DOD 280 CompressorThe magic is of course in the compression control. From low to high settings, the compressor doesn't seem to change the character of your sound. I've experienced some "tonal changes" with other compressors but this one strikes me as very "neutral".

The typical tonal change could sometimes add a nice flavor but that is not the essence of a good compressor.

A good compressor "makes the quiet loud and loud quiet", it squashes the initial hard attack and it makes the dying note sustain longer.

At this essence, the DOD is a noble worker; you don't hear it's there but it does a good job. I found it quite pleasing how my playing was evened out without coloring my sound.

[review] Darkglass Electronics Duality - Dual Fuzz Engine (by DiscoFreq)

This review was posted by David Gill (Montgomery Appliances) on the Haunting Mids forum. Since it was such a spontaneous and enthusiast review of 1 pedal builder about the creation of another builder (which he doesn't know personally), I wanted to share it here (with permission).

David Gill:

Been looking for an alternative to my B7K for bass dirt and after looking around and reading reviews it seems like the right choice was to stick with Darkglass since their pre/OD is so incredibly nice. IMO its an order of magnitude better than the other bass pres on the market. I ordered their Duality fuzz from Rogue Guitar Shop and it is the very best bass fuzz I have come across and actually maybe the best REALLY heavy guitar fuzz I've laid hands on in 15 years of playing.

[review] Hotone Audio Skyline series Octa (by LievenDV)

The Hotone Octa is a true micro pedal that gives you the control over 2 extra octaves.

It has a tiny button that lets you toggle between "normal" and "dirty" mode.

The small buttons have a striped indicator that takes a minute to get used to but proves to be useful. You can read off the control quite easy from a distance. To help that, The 2 octave knobs are noctilucent (Hotone's professional way of saying: glow-in-the-dark :)).

The package comes in a box that is as protective as the pedal casing and the nice people of Hotone even included a strip of velcro and a bumper already cut to spec. The pedal itself has a little metal rail to protect the controls when you click the button with your foot.

This is the standard layout of Hotone pedals.

[review] Hotone Audio Skyline series Wally - Looper (by LievenDV)

The Hotone Wally must be the smallest looper around and with 15 minutes of looping, you could easily record 2 Pink Floyd songs and still have time to spare in its memory. It comes in a very sturdy casing which feels heavy for its size. It only weighs 190g but it IS a small package. Those who were in doubt about the usability of the button on a small Hotone pedal: it's not like you're performing surgery when you try to use the knobs; they are quite handy to operate and you quickly adjust to the big level knob on top and the stripes on the 2 front knobs that ensure visibility.

Hotone Audio Wally LooperThis little guy comes in a box that is as protective as the pedal casing and the nice people of Hotone even included a strip of velcro already cut to spec. These are details but they add op to the complete package and considerate service. The pedal itself has a little metal rail to protect the controls when you click the button with your foot.

The control scheme is as straight forward as any modern minimalistic looper: you control the whole process of recording, overdubbing, undo, stop and delete with single or double taps. Double tap while playing =undo and double tap when stopped is delete. Don't worry, the little reference card is more complex than actually using the pedal; the LED shows you the way. After a few minutes, I had already recorded 4 layers of tunes in which I could always undo the previous one. Go nuts, you can overdub as much as you want. You can control the record volume separately from the output volume so you can blend in layers of sound at the desired volume.

[review] Joyo Ironman Wild Boost - Drive Boost (by rlm)

JOYO TECHNOLOGY is a Chinese company specializing in R&D, manufacturing and marketing digital products for music education. Their main products include: Effects Pedals, Guitar Amplifiers, Tube Amplifiers, Rock House, Metronomes, Tuners, EQ systems, Drum Practice Pads, Pedal Controllers, Synthesizers, E-Erhus, Professional Amplifiers, Stage Amplifiers, Wireless Systems, Audio Cables, and Portable Power Supplies. I think most of us know the company for their budget effect Pedals like the Ultimate overdrive, AC Tone, Californian Tone and Vintage Overdrive to name a few.

They recently added a new series of effect pedals to their product line up: the Iron Man series. This coloroful range of small sized pedals includes different overdrives, boosts and a compressor. Every Pedal comes with a patch of velcro so you can attach the effect on your pedalboard and a little piece of foam to put on the bottom to stop the pedal from sliding all over the place when placing it on the floor. Both the foam and velcro are cut to the exact size of the pedal.

Since the pedals are so small, there is no room for a battery. A 9v adapter is required.

The tone knobs are hidden behind an enclosure. When you activate the pedal, a white led lights up through the black plexi enclosure. All pedals are also true bypass.

In this review I’ll be discussing the “Wild Boost”.

[review] Joyo Ironman Blue Rain - Overdrive (by rlm)

JOYO TECHNOLOGY is a Chinese company specializing in R&D, manufacturing and marketing digital products for music education. Their main products include: Effects Pedals, Guitar Amplifiers, Tube Amplifiers, Rock House, Metronomes, Tuners, EQ systems, Drum Practice Pads, Pedal Controllers, Synthesizers, E-Erhus, Professional Amplifiers, Stage Amplifiers, Wireless Systems, Audio Cables, and Portable Power Supplies. I think most of us know the company for their budget effect Pedals like the Ultimate overdrive, AC Tone, Californian Tone and Vintage Overdrive to name a few.

They recently added a new series of effect pedals to their product line up: the Iron Man series. This coloroful range of small sized pedals includes different overdrives, boosts and a compressor. Every Pedal comes with a patch of velcro so you can attach the effect on your pedalboard and a little piece of foam to put on the bottom to stop the pedal from sliding all over the place when placing it on the floor. Both the foam and velcro are cut to the exact size of the pedal.

Since the pedals are so small, there is no room for a battery. A 9v adapter is required.

The tone knobs are hidden behind an enclosure. When you activate the pedal, a white led lights up through the black plexi enclosure. All pedals are also true bypass.

[review] Joyo Ironman AT Drive - OverDrive (by rlm)

JOYO TECHNOLOGY is a Chinese company specializing in R&D, manufacturing and marketing digital products for music education. Their main products include: Effects Pedals, Guitar Amplifiers, Tube Amplifiers, Rock House, Metronomes, Tuners, EQ systems, Drum Practice Pads, Pedal Controllers, Synthesizers, E-Erhus, Professional Amplifiers, Stage Amplifiers, Wireless Systems, Audio Cables, and Portable Power Supplies. I think most of us know the company for their budget effect Pedals like the Ultimate overdrive, AC Tone, Californian Tone and Vintage Overdrive to name a few.

They recently added a new series of effect pedals to their product line up: the Iron Man series. This coloroful range of small sized pedals includes different overdrives, boosts and a compressor. Every Pedal comes with a patch of velcro so you can attach the effect on your pedalboard and a little piece of foam to put on the bottom to stop the pedal from sliding all over the place when placing it on the floor. Both the foam and velcro are cut to the exact size of the pedal.

Since the pedals are so small, there is no room for a battery. A 9v adapter is required.

The tone knobs are hidden behind an enclosure. When you activate the pedal, a white led lights up through the black plexi enclosure. All pedals are also true bypass.

[review] Hotone Audio British Invasion - Nano Amplifier Head (by rlm)

Hotone Audio

Hotone is a fairly new company in the FX and amplification world. The company is based in Hong Kong and started developing guitar effects in 1996. Their current product lineup can be divided into two production series. On one hand there is the Skyline series, on the other hand the Nano Legacy series.

The Skyline series consists out of 14 small stompboxes covering the most important aspects the modern guitarist needs on a pedalboard from a tuner to overdrive/distortion to modulation, synths and delay.

Hotone Nano Legacy Amps

The Nano Legacy series is a line of small solidstate amplifier heads for guitar and bass and one cabinet. The heads are based on legendary amps like the Vox AC30, Marshall Plexi Super Lead, Mesa Boogie Rectifier and the Ampeg SVT.

[review] Simble Overdrive (by rlm)

Simble

The Simble is made by Lassi Ukkonen, a Finnish guitar and amp tech. After having his way with a dumble amp for a while, he finally found the solution to get that sweet, praised, overdriven sound of the Dumble amps in a small stompbox. The result is the Simble overdrive. The pedal is built and distributed by Mad Professor, the well known Finnish effect and amp brand.Simble Overdrive

The Look

The pedal has a wooden thing going on, although it's just a print on a metal chassis. To be honest, it's not really my cup of tea, but there's no accounting for taste...

When active, a white LED is lit and it runs on 9V batteries or 9V/12V adapter. There is, however, no change in tone when using a 12V instead of 9V adapter.

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